Another misconception is that your teen will miss out. There are dances and proms, sports, bands, orchestras, clubs, and graduation ceremonies just for homeschoolers. Homeschoolers can participate in organizations like 4-H, where it doesn’t matter how you school. Finally, in some states, homeschoolers can participate in public or private school activities.
Yet another misconception is that your child won't be able to get into college. Many colleges seek out homeschoolers because they realize they're already used to independent study, so they perform well in college. Also, homeschoolers tend to be well-rounded, with a variety of activities, including sports, music, volunteer work, and real-life experiences. You don't need accreditation for an official transcript. Parents of homeschool teens can make their students’ transcripts. Making a transcript is very easy. If you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself, there are many services that will do it for you with the information you supply.
For the teen, the main benefit is a custom-tailored school experience, getting to really pursue their interests, and not following a one-size-fits-almost-no-one program. They get to go deep where their interests lie and can just skim the things that aren’t of interest. And of course they can go by their own sleep schedule.
If your student is college-bound, and your state offers dual enrollment, especially if it's free, take advantage of it! Some colleges don't accept transfer credits from certain community colleges, so if your student has their heart set on a certain college be sure to check with the college about what they will accept.
Take the SAT or ACT early so you can retake it. If they don’t do well on one, take the other. Some students do better on one than the other.
There's no such thing as the perfect curriculum. Explore your students' learning style, interests, goals, and dreams and build on that.
I know what you're thinking, what about gaps? Let me assure you, your teen will have gaps, everyone does. Teachers teaching the same class in the same school sometimes teach different things. Even kids who are only unschooled get into college and do well. You can do this!